On our Covid19 blog, I discussed a study that had shown that people who were vitamin D deficient had a more difficult time dealing with the effects of Covid19.
Vitamin D is important for immune system function and especially important for preventing the acute respiratory stress caused by the Covid19.
Genetics may play a part in how much vitamin D you naturally have with people of color and older people having less naturally produced vitamin D.
You need vitamin D to fight infections. Without vitamin D, you are less resistant to autoimmunity, which is when the body attacks itself. Covid19 is known for killing people via the cytokine storm, which is an autoimmune reaction.
Find out more by reading this recent article published by USA Today.
Can vitamin D help with symptoms of COVID-19? Possibly, it’s key to helping your immune system function?
Research shows vitamin D helps prevent acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a common killer in COVID-19 patients.
Karina Zaiets, Ramon Padilla, and Veronica Bravo, USA TODAY June 11, 2020
Before you rush to the store or add the supplements to your online checkout cart to combat COVID-19, it’s important to know if you are vitamin D deficient.
Although vitamin D is called a vitamin, it’s actually more of a hormone. When ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike your skin, the rays trigger vitamin D synthesis. You can build up your vitamin D levels through certain foods and supplements.
Genetics and age can play a big role in how much vitamin D you have:
Black people and others with darker skin pigmentation tend to have more melanin, which reduces the body’s ability to produce vitamin D.
Older people’s thinning skin is less efficient at absorbing vitamin D, and those who spend more time indoors have less time under the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
If you are worried that you are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, ask your physician to check your blood work.